Rising Sun Middle students spread positivity
Anonymous note campaign raises spirits
— Four Rising Sun Middle School girls are trying to make Monday mornings a little brighter, one locker at a time.
The group of girls, who have dubbed themselves Operation Make the World Better, have been anonymously leaving encouraging notes in students’
lockers every Monday morning for the past three weeks. Operation MTWB has been leaving the notes one grade at a time, starting with the sixth grade class and then moving onto seventh graders and finally, the eighth grade class this past Monday.
The notes are all handmade — with many of the sayings and quotes inspired by Pinterest — and the girls spend about an hour after school every Friday placing the notes in each of the lockers so students will see them when they come in on Monday morning.
Travis Benner, the school’s assistant principal, said he’s been impressed with this simple display of kindness. While many RSMS students already show kindness and compassion on a daily basis, Operation MTWB is a “whole new level.”
“It’s impressive and I think it’s inspiring other students as well,” Benner said.
The four eighth grade girls, who asked to remain anonymous, said they were inspired to start leaving the notes after an anti-bullying assembly last month. The assembly featured Scott Michels, the leader of Collective Action Urging Social Evolution (CAUSE), and focused on how one person can have a big impact and how students can find a hero in themselves.
Since everyone goes to their locker first thing in the morning, that was a natural place to leave the notes and help students start their day off right, the girls said. They also wanted to make the notes anonymous to preserve the randomness of receiving the notes, they added, and many students automatically assume the notes are the work of the guidance department or the teachers.
To keep up with the number of notes, the girls write about 10 each day. Having now done all three grades, the girls plan to circle back and start again with sixth graders, continuing the process through the end of the year.
They aren’t sure what will happen with the notes once they go onto high school next year, but they’d like to see others take over. The girls also haven’t ruled out starting something similar once they get to high school, though they’d have to find another way to deliver the notes since most high schoolers don’t use lockers, they said.
But overall, the girls said they’re glad they started leaving the notes and are happy with the reaction from other students.
Jen Fox, a seventh grade teacher at RSMS, first learned about the notes after seeing the girls working to put them in the lockers one day after school. She’s also been impressed that the girls are taking time out of their schedules to spread some positivity. And the other students appreciate the notes too, she said.
“It’s definitely nice to see the smiles on their faces when they get the random notes,” Fox said.
Rising Sun Middle School eighth graders found encouraging notes in their lockers on Monday morning as part of a campaign by some students to spread positivity.